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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions worsened overall. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 15 to 18. The majority of the deterioration occurred across portions of the Southeast and lower Mid-Atlantic where persistent hot and dry weather continued. However, heavy rains are projected to impact the region in the coming days and is expected to provide relief. In the South, recent precipitation helped alleviate small areas of drought in the Trans Pecos region of Texas. According to NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information, several states in the Midwest have experienced their wettest 12-month period on record. Conversely, in parts of the High Plains and western Washington drought conditions intensified. 

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Minor improvements were made in small areas of moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions in the Trans Pecos region of the state where 1 to 4 inches of rain fell. In south Texas, short-term precipitation deficits led to the expansion of areas of abnormally dry conditions.

 No changes; Oklahoma remains free of any drought conditions.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

No changes; Louisiana remains free of any drought conditions.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Drought conditions have quickly intensified across portions of Georgia as a heat wave impacted much of the Southeast. Areas of severe drought were introduced in southeastern and southern Georgia. Areas of moderate drought expanded in southern Georgia as well.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Temperatures soared into the mid to high 90s in the Southeast with areas in southeastern North Carolina reaching the low 100s. As a result, moderate drought expanded in areas of eastern North Carolina. The only significant rainfall accumulations (2 to 3 inches) were restricted to isolated areas in northern North Carolina.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

The most significant precipitation accumulations are expected to be concentrated in the southeast portion of the country. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

 

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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